Dear Ms Prendergast,
Thank you for copying me on your letter. I share your concerns over the Conservatives' apparently cavalier attitude towards contracts. While I fully support efforts to get our finances in balance and to make our spending sustainable in the long term that cannot be done by undermining our relationship with anyone, individual or corporation, with whom the government has a contractual relationship.
Going forward the shared-risk pension plan is a strong one but there needs to be a review to adjust for the impact on those who have already retired. I will be speaking with representatives from the government and with different groups representing retirees, and hope a sensible fair conclusion can be reached.
Thank you again for writing, best wishes,
Dominic Cardy, Leader ● Chef